In assocciation with Kalahari Wildlife Tours
Tour 3: 4 Day+ Kgalagadi Wilderness Camps Tour
MALARIA FREE AREA!
Additional days can be added. Each Wilderness Camp has its own unique architecture and atmosphere. Experience the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in privacy at camps with very specials settings. Each Wilderness Camp has a waterhole. Maximum 08 persons including driver/guides can be accommodated on this tour due to limited accommodation at the Wilderness Camps in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Only Kalahari Tented Camp can accommodate more than 08 persons and Urikaruus can accommodate 10 persons. Due to the limited accommodation at the Wilderness Camps, bookings on this tour have to be made as long in advance as possible to secure accommodations reservations.
DAY 01 Upington – Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included.)
Depart from Upington on a 03-hour drive through the Kalahari duneveld (“veld” means natural vegetation), passing various pans (dry lakes), to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park,
The word Kalahari derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans (salt lakes) in the language spoken by the Kgalagadi people living in the Kgalagadi Region in south-western Botswana. The word Kgalagadi means salt pans too in their language. More than 1 000 pans are scattered throughout the park. The Kalahari is the largest area of sand in the world, covering 2.5 million square kilometres from the Orange River in South Africa in the south to slightly north of the equator. The area referred to as the arid Kalahari covers some 900 000 square kilometres in the south and covers parts of South Africa and Namibia and most of Botswana. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the southern part of the arid Kalahari in South Africa and Botswana and is jointly managed by South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) and Botswana Wildlife.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers 37 000 square km, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.
Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.
The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted – and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).
Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.
Check in at the park at Twee Rivieren. Depart on an a game drive to Wilderness Camp of choice or according to availability.
Overnight: Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus or Kalahari Tented Camp
Meals: B, L & D (Full board on all days)
Due to the distance from Upington to the Wilderness Camps in Kgalagadi only the above three camps can be reached on the first day.
Optional 3 hr sunset drive and 3 hr morning guided walk with Park rangers at Kalahari Tented Camp only!
DAY 02 Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Morning and afternoon game drives.
Overnight: One of 06 Wilderness camps
Meals: B, L & D
DAY 03 Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Overnight: Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, Kalahari Tented Camp or Bitterpan
Meals: B, L & D
Due to the distance from the Wilderness Camps in Kgalagadi to Upington on the last day of the tour, only the above four camps can be used as accommodation on the last night of the tour.
DAY 04 Kgalagadi – Upington
Game drive until noon. Duration of game drive will depend on clients’ travel schedule from Upington. Depart to Upington. En route stop at the last indigenous San tribe in South Africa, the Khomani. Today these earliest residents of the Kalahari, living here for 40 000 years, consist of only 400 people and are resident in an area between 40 and 70 km south of Twee Rivieren. Clients will have the opportunity to view and purchase their handcraft at one of the roadside stalls. The presence of the San at the roadside stalls can’t be guaranteed.
Continue to Upington to be in time for departing flight. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included.)
Extra days can be added to this tour according to the client’s travel schedule and interests. Due to the fact that the Wilderness Camps are small and accommodation is limited we advise clients to make reservations well in advance. Accommodation can vary from the itinerary depending on availability.